In the spirit of ongoing Dominican study, four Sisters began Master’s studies at Catholic University of America this year, thanks to the continuing goodness of President John Garvey, for which we are deeply grateful. Sister Rose and Sister Irenaeus began degrees in Biology, Sister Maria Benedicta in Secondary Education-Social Studies, and Sister Maria Francisco in Secondary Education-Math. These new student Sisters, added to the two continuing their studies at CUA, brought the total number on campus to six. Sister Karol Joseph graduated this year with her Master’s in Secondary Education-Math, and Sister Maria Veritas finished her third year in the PhD program for Systematic Theology, passing comprehensive exams in April to become, officially, a doctoral candidate!
In addition to her studies, Sister Rose sang with the University’s Sacred Music Consort, performing several times under the expert direction of Dr. Sara Pecknold. A mini concert by the group added greatly to a convivial gathering the Sisters organized in January to welcome Mother Assumpta to campus; the gathering drew scores of friends, including students, faculty, Sisters of Life, and our Dominican Friar neighbors from across the street.
In November, 19 students from Catholic University of America, accompanied by Sister Irenaeus and Sister Maria Francisco, made the long road trip to Ann Arbor for the Community’s Fall Vocations Discernment Retreat. Each young woman returned joyful and eager to witness to Christ on campus.
We are grateful for our studies and also for the rich apostolate we are able to undertake with our fellow CUA students, alongside the Campus Ministry staff, especially long-time chaplain Father Jude DeAngelo, OFM Conv. All for souls!